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Best Breakfast Bets for Kids (and Their Parents Too!)

Just today, I received an email from my good friend Jen. Here’s what it said: “The other morning at breakfast before school, Jared said “Mom, can you ask Elisa for some breakfast suggestions that will give me energy and not make me feel so tired….?” I’m so glad my 9… Read More

Swimming in a Sea of Chocolate Milk: Is it a Healthful Option?

If you’re my contemporary, you’re likely familiar with the expression “Raise your hand if you’re sure” in commercials for a popular deodorant. But now, a new campaign from the dairy industry that will launch on Monday November 16th and ask you to “Raise your hand for chocolate milk” may put… Read More

Are You An Entitled Exerciser?

After growing up marginally overweight, unable to run even a mile without stopping (and panting), I moved to Manhattan in the early 90’s. My fiancé (who eventually became my husband) encouraged me to start running with him. I got hooked and decided to challenge myself by running in a race.… Read More

Can You Catch Diabetes?

It’s not like the flu–you can’t catch it by having an infected person cough or sneeze on you or shake your hand. Nevertheless, diabetes, a group of metabolic diseases characterized by chronic high blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels, may creep up on you without you even knowing it. According… Read More

Afraid to Eat? 4 Steps to Lower Your Risk of Getting Sick From Food

Just last week, the Centers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released a list of the 10 FDA-regulated foods that account for about 40 percent of all reported foodborne outbreaks in the U.S.. Healthful vegetables, including leafy greens, potatoes, tomatoes (my personal favorite), and sprouts made the list, as… Read More

Turning the Tables on the Food Police

Just last weekend, I took my sons to see the clever and enjoyable animated movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In the movie, a young boy-turned-man with a penchant for invention creates a machine that converts water into food. He does this to provide the townspeople of Swallow Falls… Read More

A Call to Action: Fixing Big Food to Fight Diet-Related Diseases

In an informative New York Times Op-Ed piece today by Michael Pollan, the author makes a compelling argument that in order to significantly and substantially  reduce our nation’s health care costs, it needs to step up the plate and overhaul the food industry. He points out what many of us… Read More

Seals of Approval on Food Packages

I just read through an interesting article in the New York Times business section about the new “Smart Choices” food labeling campaign that allows food products that line grocery shelves to bear a green check mark to indicate they are so-called “smarter choices” among the sea of food products available… Read More

Overcoming the "Diet" Mentality

I read a great article by Jeffrey Zaslow in today’s Wall Street Journal. In this current piece, he writes about his experience working on an article in the late 1980’s that revolved around a study that showed a high prevalence of dieting behavior among fourth grade girls in California. As… Read More

Welcome to TheZiedGuide

In TheZiedGuide blog, I will talk about topics in the news and of interest to me and you that relate to nutrition, diet, fitness, and health. You’ll learn a little bit about me, why I’m passionate about what I do, and why I became a registered dietitian in the first… Read More